Since the federal government has for the most part refused to enforce immigration laws, some states and local communities have taken it upon themselves to try to pass ordinances for their protection. Probably Hazelton, Pa., has been the most widely publicized town to take action. Its mayor and city council have passed ordinances to fine employers who hire illegal immigrants, to fine landlords who rent to them and to adopt English as the town’s official language. So far, the court has ruled against them, but they have vowed to fight on.
Cities must take lead in immigration issues
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